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Salt Water Grille

231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 799-5400
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Ranked #20 of 135 restaurants in South Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.
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70% Recommend
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English first
Portland, Maine
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155 reviews 155 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I came here recently with a friend who was up from Boston visiting. We wanted seafood and a nice atmosphere, and I had not been to Salt Water Grille except for two times prior, so we thought to give it a try. They have a nice deck on the water, overlooking the Portland skyline past the rows and rows of... More

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South Hadley, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were delighted to dine in the lovely atmosphere of the dining room with a view of Portland from the window table. The food, prepared on a visible grille, was most delicious and serving methods unique.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

While the view is great, the food is way overpriced. Haddock soup with no haddock. Not many greens in an incredibly small pot sticker salad. Calamari and mussels only average. The blueberry pie was the only dish above average.

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Falmouth ,Me
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Living in the Portland area we had been to this restaurant many times however this time we found prices higher and food just average at best. Lobster roll and clam roll were really not good.If your going to increase the prices increase the portions a bit. Clam roll had 4 or 5 clams in it. Lobster roll also not full... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The restaurant is very typical, situated near the Marina, great view! Outside patio, seafood very good. The lobster was very good. Good service, good wine. The atmosphere very pleasant. not too noisy.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Hubby & I arrived early for an 8pm reservation . Cozy bar w couches . Quickly solicited for a drink order & table was ready before drink was even delivered ! Great start . Very small tables but nonetheless the view of Portland and nearby marina on a beautiful summer evening was fantastic . Interesting summer salad w spinach base... More

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Effingham, New Hampshire
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I dined at the Salt Water Grille for lunch with a few associates. The location is right on the ocean and the view is fantastic. The staff were very friendly and efficient, very good wait staff. As far as food I ordered the calamari and the lobster roll. The calamari was absolutely delicious. Lightly battered and fried, I could have... More

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Gorham, Maine
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Visited Saltwater Grill recently with our son and his fiancé. We had a reservation at 7:00 and were promptly seated. We ate inside, but most of the diners were enjoying the deck. We had a nice window table with a view over Casco Bay of the Portland skyline at sunset. While looking over the menu we ordered calamari to share... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had lobster cakes to start and then I had the haddock and wife had the baha stew... all was very good. Were a little unsure of the neighborhood driving in, but restaurant was nice inside and out. Beautiful view across water at night.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A couple of buddies from out of town were in so I thought I'd take them to what I thought was a sure fire seafood restaurant. I had been to saltwater a couple times before but mostly for lunch and enjoyed myself and the food. We came for dinner and unfortunately did not have the best experience. Our waiter was... More

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